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GET INVOLVED  |  EVENTS  |  GIVE November 2021
Happy Thanksgiving!
This is, by far, my favorite holiday of the year – family, friends, food, football, and "ph"ilanthropy - so much to be grateful for! November is the month we traditionally focus on being thankful, but WGA is appreciative year-round for our dedicated, smart, engaged members and grantees. We are grateful for everyone's commitment to strategic philanthropy and improving the lives of women and girls. Together with our members, nonprofit agencies, and Community Foundation partners, we are moving the needle in Northeast Florida for those most vulnerable.

Fall brings the start of an exciting new grants cycle and is also the time when WGA committee leadership changes. We are grateful for the many members that have served as volunteer leaders and those that are taking the leadership reins this coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to participate on a WGA committee or task force, this is the perfect time to get involved. Whether you have two hours a month or two hours a day, we have a spot for you to nourish your interests and passion. Please contact me or Kacie Smyth, WGA Director (ksmyth@jaxcf.org or 904-224-7203) to chat about how you can engage in the local community, meet other leaders, and make a personal connection with our mission.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones!

With deep gratitude,

Urgent! Members We Need Your Vote! Proposed Contribution Reallocation
Vote
Recently the WGA Task Force recommended and the Steering Committee approved a reallocation of members' $1,500 annual contribution. This proposed reallocation does strengthen our commitment to our grants pool and operating expenses, continues to grow our $5 million endowment, while keeping members' annual contribution amount the same.
Currently, only 51% of members have voted and, according to our bylaws, we need 67% to vote. We hope you've taken the opportunity to learn more about this recommendation, and if needed please visit the WGA Members page to review Frequently Asked Questions or call Jan Healy, WGA President.

It is easy: VOTE HERE. Thank you for considering this proposal. Please vote today!
WGA 20th Anniversary Video Live!
20th Anniversary
Recently we debuted our 20th Anniversary video at the Annual Meeting on Oct. 20th (read more below) and now we're proud to officially share it with the community. In just six and a half minutes we celebrate 20 years of improving the lives of women and girls in Northeast Florida.

WATCH NOW
The celebration continues! Learn more about WGA's 20 years of impact and upcoming Stronger Together celebration in 2022, click here.
WGA Responds to Agency Basic Needs
At WGA, we pride ourselves in being a learning organization. And when we learn something new that can help women and girls in NE Florida, we respond.

Our new grant-making initiative is an example of this. When we convened representatives of our grantee agencies last summer, we asked what needs they are experiencing right now. Their responses, along with our extensive research, prompted us to adjust our grant-making strategy this fall.

We heard that the agencies most need Core Mission Funding. So we are offering one-year grants of up to $50,000 for basic operational needs, improvement of service delivery and help for agency clients to recover from the pandemic.

All agencies that have received WGA funding over the last 20 years (and there are 68 of them!) are eligible to apply. The application process opened Nov. 1 and will continue through Jan. 10, 2022, when completed applications are due. The application is available on the WGA website, click here. Grants will be ratified at our WGA Member Forum May 18, 2022.
Our 2021 Annual Meeting, "Beautiful and Inspiring"
"Great job...setting the tone for the great work ahead!!", Wanda Willis. This year's Annual Meeting on Oct. 20th was held in person and virtually, and included over 230 attendees and over 30 virtual participants. We recognized the exceptional work of our grantee partners to improve the lives of women and girls. Based on extensive local and national research, we initiated a shift in our grantmaking strategy to focus on core mission funding for this next grant cycle to help our nonprofits struggling with the long-term effects of the pandemic. All 68 of our past grantees are eligible to apply for a $50,000 maximum grant. Applications can be found on our website here.

We also honored our members commitment, debuted our 20th Anniversary video, highlighted our 20 years of impact in the community, provided our 2022 Who We Are Brochure and celebrated the contributions of our outgoing leaders and welcomed our incoming 2022 leadership team.

If you were unable to attend, don't worry! You can watch the recording here and read more highlights here.
'Success Stories from WGA Grantees' Event Takeaways
WGA hosted a grantee panel discussion to learn more about how nonprofits have adapted during the pandemic – their challenges and successes. This event focused on grantees assisting women in transition.

The event, led by Pam Field, WGA Co-Chair of the Education Committee and Tara Braithwaite, WGA Education Co-Chair; and moderated by Linda Simmons, WGA Co-Chair of the Grants Leadership Team and Irene Phelps, WGA Co-Chair of the Grants Evaluation Team, was a huge success.

The panel discussion included Heather Jones, Micah's Place; Dr. Gail A. Patin, Hubbard House; Rebecca Davis, R.E.S.T.O.R.E.; Beth Mixson, Family Promise; Gwen Gallagher-Howard, Helping WIN, and Betsy Dobbins, Center for Children's Rights.

The genuine, heartfelt gratitude and compassion between all who attended was apparent. There were amazing examples of innovation and resilience, followed by a clear understanding of future needs and opportunities for partnerships.

We're excited to share the recording of this event, click here.
Honoring our Grantees of 20 Years!
As part of the WGA Annual Meeting we recognized and celebrated our grantees. Their impact in our community is immense. Their work is hard and many of them spent the pandemic working on the front lines, long hours and short-staffed. They are our heroes. WGA is honored to have worked alongside them these last 20 years and look forward to many more years to come. Please enjoy the Grantee Celebration video highlighting our grantee agency partners!
Watch Now
Great Times at Recent Connectors!
Riverside/Avondale/Ortega Connector

Riverside/Avondale/Ortega Connector meeting on October 13th.
 
San Marco Connector

San Marco Connector meeting on October 26th.
If you're a member interested in getting more connected, it's easy to link up with WGA Members in your neighborhood and other areas in Northeast Florida. Learn more about Neighborhood Connector Groups
Members WGA Tumblers
WGA Tumblers
Members who were unable to attend the WGA Annual Meeting and receive their beautiful WGA tumbler, you may pick yours up at the TCF office during normal business hours. Please call ahead 904-356-4483 or email Kacie Smyth at ksmyth@jaxcf.org.
WGA On News4Jax!
WGA was recently featured by Kent Justice on 'This Week in Jacksonville' on Oct. 31st sharing our impact and 20th anniversary. Our past President, Mary Pietan, was interviewed for the story where she highlighted WGA as a giving circle, our grants process, working along side our grantee agencies and more!

WGA's feature starts just after eleven minutes into the program, click here to watch.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS 2022: Clare Berry | Mackenzie Crane | Eva Dion | Susan Elinoff | Chanra Ford | Mary Glackin | Heather Goodfriend | Jana Kelly | Megan Kolar | Erin O'Brien | Marica Pendjer | Jamie Reynolds | Morgen Sullivan | Catherine Warfield | Blair White
NEW LEGACY MEMBERS: Mary Lever | Linda Mosely | Fiona Strathern | Linda Watkins
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